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Wood proving effective differential as clean sheets return for Burnley

Burnley 3-0 West Ham

Goals: Ashley Barnes (£6.3m), Chris Wood (£6.2m)

Own Goals: Roberto (£4.4m)

Assists: James Tarkowski (£5.0m), Dwight McNeil (£6.0m), Ashley Westwood (£5.4m)

Bonus Points: Tarkowski x3, A Barnes x2, Nick Pope x2 (£4.7m)

Chris Wood (£6.2m) scored on his immediate return to the Burnley team to further his case for inclusion in Fantasy Premier League teams.

The New Zealand international, owned by just 0.8% worldwide, has now found the back of the net five times in as many top-flight starts. Since Gameweek 6, no forward priced under £7.0m has scored that many.

He could have even added a sixth goal to that as one of his efforts against West Ham was ruled out for offside.

Wood’s recovery was clearly a big factor in Burnley’s return to form as they lost both matches in which he was absent, and offered very little in the way of goal threat too.

McNeil is increasingly becoming the key creator for Burnley

Left midfielder Dwight McNeil (£6.0m) was also on form for the Clarets, assisting Wood’s Gameweek 12 goal. 

The mid-price option now has three attacking returns in his last four Premier League outings.

“Dwight (McNeil) had a very difficult game last weekend, but he’s bounced out of that with a very good performance today. His resilience will grow for games like last weekend. He was a long way off, but I try to trust people and give them a chance and he’s performed again today. He continues to learn and adapt and part of his development will be having a tough one and seeing if you can go again. I told him this week I’d kick him somewhere if he didn’t start smiling a bit more. I think he’s enjoying his football and that’s the main thing for me.” – Sean Dyche

That said, it might still take a brave Fantasy manager to invest in Wood or McNeil for Burnley’s upcoming schedule.

They travel to face Watford next who, as we reported earlier this weekend, now have three clean sheets in their last five and have shown tremendous defensive improvement under Quique Sanchez Flores.

The Gameweek 14 visit of Crystal Palace to Turf Moor is a little more favourable but the Eagles showed off a solid back-line in their 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday. After that, it’s Manchester City (home) and Tottenham (away) for Burnley.

Despite making 10 saves, it was another awful afternoon for West Ham goalkeeper Roberto

It must also be said that, for the second match in a row, West Ham’s defensive assets were incredibly poor and goalkeeper Roberto (£4.4m) was especially to blame.

After errors in the defeat to Newcastle in Gameweek 11, the Spaniard took scathing criticism from the local press as he was arguably at fault for all three of Burnley’s goals.

He set the tone for the afternoon when he elected to punch a McNeil cross away when virtually unchallenged inside the six-yard box.

Roberto then watched a first-half corner loop over his head to James Tarkowski (£5.0m) at the back-post, whose header back across goal fell to Ashley Barnes (£6.3m). The former Brighton and Plymouth Argyle forward had no problems nodding past Roberto, who was simply not following the play quick enough.

Then for the second goal, scored by Wood, it was the goalkeeper who initially gave the ball away when throwing to an unsuspecting Fabian Balbuena (£4.3m). That allowed McNeil to steal in and feed the centre-forward.

Wood’s low-shot was arguably a bit too close to Roberto for his liking, but West Ham’s number 13 failed to get enough purchase on it and deflected it into his own net.

Roberto punched the ball into his own net to (quite literally) hand West Ham a 3-0 lead

Finally, Burnley’s third effort was a goal entirely of Roberto’s own making. Once again, he elected to punch an incoming cross, this time an Ashley Westwood (£5.4m) corner, unwittingly punching the ball into his own net.

West Ham truly have been struggling in the long-term absence of Lukasz Fabianski (£4.9m), who is not expected back until January.

Roberto may have produced 10 saves at Burnley but his place in the team has to be considered under threat after recent performances – which could open the door for David Martin (£4.0m) to come in for Gameweek 13.

That said, Manuel Pellegrini did his best to protect the goalkeeper at the full-time whistle.

“When players are not in their best moment then, of course, I worry about that. But he has experience, so we will see after that. I don’t want to analyse individual performances. I don’t analyse individual performances. As a team, we lost the game, not individual performances.” – Manuel Pellegrini

If Roberto does keep his place in the coming weeks, and maintains his error-prone form, West Ham may find themselves playing a big part in upcoming transfer decisions.

It must be said that Balbuena and Issa Diop (£4.5m) have also been poor of late, so even a change of goalkeeper might not help Pellegrini’s cause.

Attacking assets from Spurs, Chelsea, Wolves and Arsenal will all receive a boost ahead of meetings with the Hammers between now and Gameweek 16.

Taylor was one of two changes in defence for Burnley following poor recent displays at the back

By contrast, Burnley’s defence responded to their recent defensive lapse by keeping a fourth clean sheet of the campaign.

“The players knew they had fallen below the mark; they didn’t need telling from me, but we’ve actually been going quite well this season and I’ve enjoyed what we’ve been trying to achieve. You don’t let one performance force you to over-think everything else and today we were right back on it. From the very beginning of the game, the body language and intent was there and everyone was winning their battles all over the pitch.” – Sean Dyche

Across Gameweeks 10 and 11, the Clarets conceded seven goals to Chelsea and Sheffield United, both matches particularly uncharacteristic of a Sean Dyche side.

He responded by making some changes at the back, full-backs Erik Pieters (£4.7m) and Matt Lowton (£4.5m) both dropping to the bench for Charlie Taylor (£4.2m) and Phil Bardsley (£4.3m) to come in on the left and right respectively.

“I made a few changes today and that was tough on the players going out because I have a lot of respect for them. That’s my job and I thought long and hard about that because we have a strong collective here, so when you do make changes you want them, to perform – and they did!” – Sean Dyche

However, whether or not those alterations made the difference and helped keep the clean sheet for Burnley is hard to assess considering how poor West Ham were.

Felipe Anderson (£6.8m) was anonymous and, as expected, so was Pablo Fornals (£6.0m), who has been an incredibly underwhelming signing for the Hammers this season. Andriy Yarmolenko (£6.0m) was named among the substitutes but still had a chance when he replaced an injured Mark Noble (£5.0m) in the 20th minute and offered very little himself.

With West Ham failing to provide any creativity from midfield, Sébastien Haller (£7.3m) was left isolated with very little in the way of service and therefore did not trouble the Burnley goal.

Pope recorded a much-needed nine-point haul for his owners

Either way, this is now the fourth time in a row this season that the Clarets have kept out a team outside of last season’s top-six at Turf Moor.

Every time they have hosted one of these sides in 2019/20 they have kept a clean sheet, which bodes well considering Crystal Palace (Gameweek 14) and Newcastle (Gameweek 17) are two of the next three to visit Lancashire.

It was Nick Pope (£4.7m) who proved the real winner from an FPL defensive perspective as he made four saves and picked up two bonus points.

Lanzini was seriously injured in the second half, limiting West Ham’s midfield options moving forward

Finally, West Ham were the chief victims of Saturday’s injury quota as they lost two key personnel at Turf Moor.

As already mentioned, Noble was taken off with an ankle problem in the first half before substitute Manuel Lanzini (£6.3m) sustained a serious-looking shoulder injury in the second.

He had to receive extensive treatment on the pitch and was stretchered off receiving oxygen and is very much a doubt for Gameweek 13.

“Mark twisted his ankle. We’ll see how he is. Manu had a problem in his shoulder. We must wait to see what the doctor says to see how long he is out.” – Manuel Pellegrini

Burnley XI (4-4-2): Pope; C Taylor, Mee, Tarkowski, Bardsley; McNeil, Westwood, Cork, Hendrick; A Barnes (Rodriguez 81′), Wood (Brady 90+4′).

West Ham United XI (4-2-3-1): Roberto; Cresswell, Balbuena, Diop, Fredericks; Rice, Noble (Yarmolenko 20′); Anderson (Lanzini 56′), Fornals (Ajeti 64′), Snodgrass; Haller.

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  1. fylde2022
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    I need to ship Dilva.

    Would you do Dilva for Mount?

    My midfield is;

    KDB Pulisic Mane Maddison (Dilva)

    1. No Professionals
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Not sure I would go Mount (I have him).
      I'm not a martial fan, but I'd see how he looks today.

      1. fylde2022
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Cheers 🙂

  2. Dynamic Duos
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Perez, Grealish or McNeil?

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Perez

    2. OleGGMU
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      McNeil or grealish depending on your setup , burnley do have spurs and city coming up but he ia a really good player, differential and does set pieces.
      I personally had the a similat dilemma, went for Mcginn to run be me till grealish is back/burnley fixtures turn to decide

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Perez has the fixtures, but not the greatest form so a though decision.

  3. Peter Ouch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 14 days ago

    So now if we have Lundstram taa robbo in defence we actually have no defence.
    Is a pool double up a differential one that's a must or do we need to stick cheap in defence?

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I'm sticking with cheap Defense atm
      Will reassess after gw18

      1. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Main issue is 18 and 19 gws

        Leicester play city liverpool and liverpool has a blank one.

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Can use FT to swap Mo to Raz.
          Donkey plays Norwich that gw. I think we can survive it easily

    2. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Nothing is a must, there are several ways to get many points. I'm on Trent and Robbo double up.

      1. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I might do a tomori to robbo as well

    3. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      You want to be looking at something like the below IMO:

      Pope - 4.0
      TAA - Robbo - Lundstram - Soyuncu - 4.0
      Mane - KDB - Maddison - 4.5 - 4.5
      Auba - Vardy - Abraham

      Great fixtures and other than Auba, in pretty good form.

      1. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Never a fan of big hitters, they can't justify their price.
        Auba Kane kun all dead for me.
        Auba to jim and upgrade your 4.5 to Pulisic.

        Other than that your reasoning is spot on

      2. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Mousett in for auba and get Son/Pulisic

        1. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          A couple of weeks ago you were supporting auba till death.

          Now with 3 great fixtures why you suggesting dropping him?

          Curious to see the reason behind that, what puts you off

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            yep, I was a big advocate of him but emery is stupid and killing Arsenal(and auba).

            1. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              He had one SiB yesterday. Penalty touches non existent.

      3. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I will beat this team easily 😉

      4. fantasyfog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        very close to my team except tielemans instead of maddi and I have pulsic in there, served me well last two game weeks in particular, looking to offload aubameyang after southampton maybe so I can upgrade cantwell, he's only bench fodder but want rid

  4. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Leicester have scored TWENTY-NINE goals but their xG is only 15.98.

    They have scored 13 more goals than they should have. Crazy stuff.

    1. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      9 were against soton, so stats aren't representing the truth

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        And Vardy is exceeding his expected stats.

    2. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I told you, when Vardy is in this sort of form, you have to ignore xG. He has done it before when he got the record for longest consecutive goal scoring streak in the PL.

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Not even Messi can score from 46% of his shots.

        1. diesel001
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Vardy won't score from 46% of his shots forever. But while he is hot he can do it for 10-15 games. He is hot at the moment.

    3. Amey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      And then he said:
      "Vardy is a statbuster !!"

    4. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I think Vardy and Leicester are the best arguments for the eye test over xG in FPL. Opposing teams are not yet adjusting to setting up against Leicester as they would vs Liverpool or Man City. Leicester attack very directly and Vardy only shoots in one-on-one situations or cut backs and close crossing situations. He’s also a clinical finisher. These situations should score highly in the xG model but Leicester’s xG stats are not bolstered by long range and other optimistic shooting.

      If teams start parking the bus, then Leicester will need to add to their approaches to creating chances.

      1. Brehmeren
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        This

      2. Jusagoras
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Vardy is one of the best examples for what I think is the biggest deficiency of stats in general, namely that they do not capture movement of the ball. Often in Leicester's matches Vardy is close to getting to a through ball from which he would likely score, but the pass is slightly too strong etc. These situations are not reflected in the shooting stats although they are very close to resulting in goals. Same when he's waiting for a cut back in the box and the ball just misses him.

    5. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Guy here told me that Norwegian’s managers have used their eye tests and own guts decision non emotionally ... a number of them in top 50 OR or so ... stats is useful but not everything

      1. Citizenkane91
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        We use Excel spreadsheets in combination with fixture difficulty tickers to avoid knee jerk biases and make more efficient transfers. That we don't use Xg as a metric to evaluate players is wrong, but we know it's only a metric for the shooting position, not for qualitative metrics such as finishing skill, composure, Players who pass a benchmark for quantitative metrics pass the consideration pool. Then players who pass the eye test (qualitative metrics) gets selected.

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          where are you ranked?
          what data do you input on excell?

          1. Citizenkane91
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            4k as it stands, with three to go.

            Some historic benchmark/pseudo-qualitative metrics I use to inform more quantitative metrics:

            Team conversion rate and position-based conversion rate to add relevancy to xG and xA numbers.

            Fixture difficulty ticker to normalise all xG, xGC and xA values so they become better predictive indicators. I also normalise for qualitative measures (are they good vs low block teams, high pressing teams, do they try to create numerical advantage on the flanks, centrally or in the half spaces?), but this isn't input in Excel. It is, however, useful in adjusting match difficulty for the upcoming set of fixture.

            Sure I could use more that correlates with fpl non-appearance points, but I feel this framework offers just enough to make good decisions on. Couple it with being aware of noisy data, whether outliers contain relevant information or not, and it feels like a very robust model simplification.

  5. Amey
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Best decision I've made this season was to take the hit after gw 8.
    Salah Barnes Pukki >> Mane Vardy King (-4)
    King is Jimenez now.

    Thank you Vardy & Mane 😀
    And yes, lol @ xG

    1. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Yes, mane to Salah is the best one and of course away from Pukki to Vardy

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Getting Mo back now 😉
        Enough of rotation frenzy from Pep

        1. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          For me it's not a good move.
          If you have mo and Mane you'll always be hit and miss with the captaincy, it's always 50/50 and pool don't score for fun like city or chelsea.
          Plus too much money.

          Yeah I get the point for raz or kdb but still no for me, i prefer double pol defence and mane

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Fair enough.
            I'm a stubborn guy i guess : everyone is telling me to avoid Mo Mane double up. I'm almost imagining them in my team now bro, lol
            I think I'll take the gamble till gw 17.
            Agreed that Robbo is better value though

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 14 days ago

              You may cancel out your outcome from your good decision GW8 😉

              1. Amey
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Lol
                That's true.
                Will watch Salah first & then decide bro 🙂
                Cheers

    2. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      If you don't like xG you don't understand it and how it can be useful.

      1. Fitzy.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        How's it helped you then?

        1. FPL Virgin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Let's say someone has 10 shots in the box.

          On face of it this looks great.

          But unless you look at xG you won't know if all 10 were daisy cutters that rolled straight down the middle into the keepers arms.

          1. Fitzy.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            How's it helped you then?

            1. FPL Virgin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              By making me one of the most admired FPL experts on these forums.

              1. The 12th Man
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Wouldn’t go that far

                1. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  😀

          2. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            xG doesn’t tell you the quality of the shot. It tells you the quality of the chance to score based on position on the pitch, proximity to goal, defenders and height of the ball.

            Better finishers always exceed their xG.

        2. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          It seems all the XoX have crap ranks. Sometimes we complicate FPL

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            *XoX advocates

          2. Fitzy.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            At least you got my question... 😉

          3. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 14 days ago

            😉 simplicity sometimes rules or most of the time?

      2. Amey
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        My understanding of xG is they calculate possibility of goals.
        Some players are excellent & clinical like Vardy, Tony so it must not be the parameter to measure those players performance.

      3. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I like xG. But stats are also about context. xG and xGC is why I have Sheff Utd and Leicester defence and also why I went Tomori for his recent fixtures just gone.

        But with players like Son, Mane and Vardy, they can get hot and go on streaks in 10 games where they just massively overperform xG. Once you realise that you understand how to use xG better.

        1. FPL Virgin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Exactly. It's not the be all and end all. It just sanity checks the traditional stats.

          1. diesel001
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            I would argue that you (and Irbox) rely on it too much. The way you have both ignored Vardy is a case in point.

        2. Amey
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Chelsea have let in 1 SOT in last 3 home games 😮
          Great pick in Tomori.
          I just keep ignoring him

      4. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Any idea it’s predictive power from 12GW data? Don’t know whether ‘power’ is the right term ... certainty maybe?

        1. Citizenkane91
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Normalise for fixture change difficulty and it tends to be pretty darn accurate.

  6. Stef rocks
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    So should I get Robbo or not?

    Not quite sure about the double up of Pool defense and I will have a benching headache- current back 3: TAA Pereyra Lund - and I am planning to play them all for the last 6-7 GWs at least?

    1. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      The fixtures after today look great for Robbo.

    2. Hart-ake
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Yeah, I have a similar defensive issue actually (with Tomori instead of Pereira)- would like Robbo to double up on Pool defence but feels a bit unnecessary when you are happy to play the other 3. I suppose this suggests we should be thinking about a move to 4 at the back.

      1. Stef rocks
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Not really cause I like my front 7 and I don’t see who I would ditch for Robbo

  7. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Pretty sure Martial will blank. Thats the way fpl goes. My other options were Maddison, Son and Richarlison.

    Need to trust my own judgement more instead of fpl experts.

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      He won't blank. ML rival has captained him and my ML rival is good at picking captains.

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Mark has him as captain. He wont blank.

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Thumbs up for the last sentence

    3. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Less than 4% of votes in captain poll suggests very few "experts" were advising Martial pick. Leicester and Liverpool were the picks with almost everyone else being a punt. We don't need "experts" for this it's quite clear.

      1. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        You don't clearly spend time on twitter?

        1. Hot Toddy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          No I don't use social media at all. I can only imagine how these so called experts over complicate what is essentially a very simple game. Leicester are on fire. Arsenal are abysmal. There's history with Vardy and Arsenal. Leicester are at home. Boom there's your captain if it doesn't work out you won't lose too much as he's popular. Great for you if Martial nabs a haul but it's not likely, I agree with you. It's best to save these more maverick picks for a gw where there isn't a clear or overwhelming favourite or multiple solid picks. Then go rogue and try to bink a haul. Great advice I got from a superb ff player many years ago. Its a bit boring to pick that way but when there's a clear pick and the majority of top 200k are picking that player you're in big trouble if you deviate and fail. You're going against the better judgement of almost every player that plays seriously and tries to win the game or finish top 1k. That's a hugely swingy strategy that is actually likely to kill your rank at the end of the season even if you smash the popular pick 5 or 6 times. Sorry if that all sounds a bit preachy but it was great advice I got back in the day and had remained a solid and stable approach to what is essentially the most important decision of each and every gw. Good luck with Martial hope he comes through for you.

  8. Dynamic Duos
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Salah throws his hat back in today and then debate heatens up, but I can tell you now Salah is better than Mane.

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I hope not.
      Next GW ??
      Deal ? 😉

    2. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      He certainly is, but Mane's getting more points.

    3. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Salah is better than Mane overall. But on current form, Mane is better than Salah.

      Part of it seems to be the extra attention that Salah is drawing from defenders. Which shows how good he is that he stills keeps the goal scoring up.

      1. lindeg
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Mane is a way better player than Salah. Better physically, better finishing, better heading, equal pace, equal dribbling. Salah had one lucky season, last year he wasn't very good, 14 goals, and 7 penalties, while mane scored 21 goals and contributed way more in UCL.

  9. Christina.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Surprised people are ignoring Son.

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Learning bad habit's now
      Breaking legs, diving
      I'm worried 😀

    2. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      They are waiting for experts to say him being good choice

    3. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Spurs are a mess. Like Arsenal.

    4. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Proud owner here 😎

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        you are in good company - world chess champion bought him this week.

    5. Hart-ake
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Interested for sure with those upcoming fixtures but two things:

      - His minutes after int'l break
      - Spurs

    6. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Benched after IB possible?

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        That I dont know. Prob best to wait a week.

    7. socho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I captained him this week. How he got only 1 BPS with McGoldrick and Aurier were ahead of him is beyond me, He was head and shoulders above any other player on the pitch in all aspects of the game.

    8. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I didn’t but don’t have him, similar to Sterling ... the risks that you are taking with running different tactics

  10. OleGGMU
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Hi lads looking for an rmt
    Pope, button
    TAA, lund, chilly, rico, lowton*
    Mane, KDB, Pulisic , Tiel, Mcginn*
    Vardy, Abra, jimi

    2.6itb
    Lowton for willems/Zouma/targett?

    Stick wiv mcginn or switch?

    1. Saif_LFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      McGinn to Martial?

  11. Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    To get in Salah after GW13 (Have TAA and Mane)

    A) KDB, Martial, Mount --->D Silva, Salah, Traore (Leaves only Abraham from Chelsea)
    B) KDB, Martial, Mount ---> Pulisic, Salah, Traore (Leaves No City Players)

    1. lindeg
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      wouldnt get salah, mane is enough

  12. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Anyone here see The Irishman yet?

    I went to see it last night and i was impressed.If you like Martin Scorsese movies this is a must watch.Very well put together and it was nice to see the legend Joe Pesci on the big screen again and i think he kind of stood out even among that star studded cast.

    One warning,it is a bit of a grind at around 3 1/2 hours long which did not bother me but some of the guys i was with thought it was just too long but that said it should work better when broken up to smaller episodes for Netflix when it comes on that.

    1. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      It's coming to Netflix in a few weeks. Can't wait.

      1. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        You will love it Virgin.

        Why wait when you it is in the cinema for around 2 weeks,just go see it there.

        1. FPL Virgin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Spent all my free cash on FPL patreons 😳

          1. Qaiss
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            How come you're not in any leagues sir?

  13. FPL_Sponge
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    A) Maddison and Mousset
    B) Mount and Jota

    Aubameyang needs to go and want Mane in for either Maddison or Mount (rather than KDB or Sterling)

    1. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      You can't get rid of Auba now, look at the next 4!

      1. FPL_Sponge
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Have you watched Arsenal? Liverpool also have gold rixtures and would much rather Mane

        1. Qaiss
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Fair enough, I have Mane and Auba but no Vardy. I just think if you've kept Auba this long you should keep because our form is bound to pick up. Have you watched Norwich, West Ham? Well Auba has 2 of those in his next 4. But your choice of course

  14. andres
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Pieters to Robbo?

    All in all I think I will end up with 3 LEI, 3 Pool and 3 CHE in the coming weeks... crazy isn;t it?

    Pope
    TAA Soy Lund
    Mane KDB Mount tielemans
    Abraham Vardy jimenez

    Pieters, Cantwell, Kelly 4.7 ITB 1 FT

  15. Zim0
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Is Richarlison a good option for next Gameweeks?

    1. Jullepuu
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Just for the next one against Norwich

        1. Zim0
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Sorry. I meant just next week. The s was an accident. I need a good differential. Thinking of getting him and captaining for next week. Then can get Willian against West ham and triple up with pulisic and Abraham.

          1. Zim0
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Then I'll have money to go Greenwood to Jiminez for their match against West ham and for the blank gameweek I can then bench my Liverpool players instead of transferring.

      • socho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I went Mount to Richarlison for a 1 GW punt. Let's see!

    2. NED KELLY
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Can't wait for the game today so excited.. which means it's going to be 0-0

    3. Jullepuu
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Who is going to score more points in the next 5 game weeks?

        A) Robertson
        B) Any mid from 7 to 8 mil

        1. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          B

        2. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Nice grav 😀

          1. Jullepuu
              2 months, 14 days ago

              What does "grav" mean? English is not my first language (I think you already know that 😆 )

              1. Qaiss
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                gravatar

                1. Jullepuu
                    2 months, 14 days ago

                    Cheers

                2. S.Kuqi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Gravatar. Your profile pic

                  1. Jullepuu
                      2 months, 14 days ago

                      Oh thanks! Same goes for you Shefki is an absolute legend! You must be from Finland also?

                      1. S.Kuqi
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 14 days ago

                        Uudet sterkat, ihan vitun jepa. (Translate: yes)

                        1. Jullepuu
                            2 months, 14 days ago

                            Hahah

                3. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  B

              2. fylde2022
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Pulisic is flagged. How bad is his injury?

                1. Zim0
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Probably a knock to his hip.

                  1. Zim0
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 14 days ago

                    Hopefully will be fit for City

              3. fantasyfog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                hi boys and girls, haven't been on for a while and was wondering what the template is looking like now, any ideas?

                1. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Pope
                  Taa Soyuncu Lundstram Rico Tomori
                  Mane Sterling KDB Mount/Maddison Donkey/Martial
                  Vardy Tammy Jimenez/Connolly

                  1. fantasyfog
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 14 days ago

                    thanks for that

                  2. Wolves Ay We
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 14 days ago

                    Many also have Kelly

              4. Dynamic Duos
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Yarmolenko and Aubameyang to Mane/Sterling and Mousset/Ayew -4?

                1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Like the mousset call. Sheffield United fixtures getting dreamy

              5. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Here's my pro pundit title: why I'll be wildcarding between weeks fourteen and fifteen.

                Here's the reason I'm not a pro pundit: because that's when my goalkeeper rotation expires and I'll need a new one.

                Pope and Heaton out, Henderson and Ramsdale in.

                Am I at least in the Munday club for this?

              6. DragonSquad
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Mount+Martial to kdb + Maddison? Have the exact cash to do it. It might seem crazy to remove martial but I have no city assets and will get the exact cash only if I sell martial to Maddison? Any thoughts? I gotta do it tonight before Maddison rises

                  1. Qaiss
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 14 days ago

                    Why don't you wait and see how Martial does today?

                    1. DragonSquad
                        2 months, 14 days ago

                        Ok

                    2. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 14 days ago

                      When did you bring in martial?

                      1. DragonSquad
                          2 months, 14 days ago

                          Last week

                          1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            2 months, 14 days ago

                            I think you brought him in for a reason and that kdb currently is playing a little too far back to be a big problem for you.

                            I'd rather just upgrade mount to pulisic or maddison unless you've lost faith in martial straight after buying.

                    3. Karan14
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 14 days ago

                      Maddison or Pulisic?

                      1. Christina.
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 14 days ago

                        both it seems

                      2. Amey
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 14 days ago

                        Maddison
                        Nailed + Set Peices + No European distractions/exertions

                        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 14 days ago

                          Amey is a smart guy. I forgot about Europe. Big factor.

                      3. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 14 days ago

                        This is a tough but popular question I reckon.

                        Will you be pairing them with tielemans and mount or is it just one from those four?

                        I think for me Leicester and Chelsea are both teams I may be tripled up on, so it depends on how you're using your other slots.

                      4. Wolves Ay We
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 14 days ago

                        Both

                      5. Magic Zico
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 14 days ago

                        Maddison onboard next week Pulisic week after and running riot with both 😉

                    4. quietmanrm
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      The minute you bring in Wood cause he's scored in several games signals the end of the streak and the start of Barnes emerging as an asset. Rinse and repeat. It's an FPL rule like always captian Aguero..